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Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued a blistering attack on the most powerful Republican in post-Trump Washington, calling Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell an “unsmiling political hack” who should be thrown out of office.

“The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political ‘leaders’ like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm,” Trump said in an emailed 626-word statement that all but declared political war on the Kentucky Republican.

“McConnell’s dedication to business as usual, status quo policies, together with his lack of political insight, wisdom, skill, and personality, has rapidly driven him from Majority Leader to Minority Leader, and it will only get worse,” Trump said.

“The Democrats and Chuck Schumer play McConnell like a fiddle—they’ve never had it so good—and they want to keep it that way! We know our America First agenda is a winner, not McConnell’s Beltway First agenda or Biden’s America Last.”

The statement comes one day after McConnell appeared to make an effort to patch up a GOP divide over Trump’s just-concluded impeachment trial for allegedly inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

McConnell told the Wall Street Journal, “I’m not assuming that, to the extent the former president wants to continue to be involved, he won’t be a constructive part of the process.”

On Saturday, McConnell voted to acquit Trump of “incitement of insurrection” but tore into him afterward in a Senate floor speech, saying Trump was “practically and morally responsible” for the violence that killed five. He called Trump’s claim to have actually defeated President Biden in the Nov. 3 election a “crescendo of conspiracy theories orchestrated by an outgoing president who seemed determined to either overturn the voters decision or else torch our institutions on the way out.”

Trump’s Tuesday statement blames McConnell for Republican woes and credits himself for recent successes.

“In 2020, I received the most votes of any sitting President in history, almost 75,000,000. Every incumbent House Republican won for the first time in decades, and we flipped 15 seats, almost costing Nancy Pelosi her job,” he said.

“Republicans won majorities in at least 59 of the 98 partisan legislative chambers, and the Democrats failed to flip a single legislative chamber from red to blue. And in ‘Mitch’s Senate,’ over the last two election cycles, I single-handedly saved at least 12 Senate seats, more than eight in the 2020 cycle alone—and then came the Georgia disaster, where we should have won both U.S. Senate seats, but McConnell matched the Democrat offer of $2,000 stimulus checks with $600.

“How does that work? It became the Democrats’ principal advertisement, and a big winner for them it was. McConnell then put himself, one of the most unpopular politicians in the United States, into the advertisements. Many Republicans in Georgia voted Democrat, or just didn’t vote, because of their anguish at their inept Governor, Brian Kemp, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, and the Republican Party, for not doing its job on Election Integrity during the 2020 Presidential race.”

Trump continued: “It was a complete election disaster in Georgia, and certain other swing states. McConnell did nothing, and will never do what needs to be done in order to secure a fair and just electoral system into the future. He doesn’t have what it takes, never did, and never will.”

The ex-president, who polling indicates remains a powerful GOP figure, indicated that the break with McConnell will be permanent after the two worked together during his four-year term on common goals such as tax cuts and three Supreme Court confirmations.

“My only regret is that McConnell ‘begged’ for my strong support and endorsement before the great people of Kentucky in the 2020 election, and I gave it to him. He went from one point down to 20 points up, and won. How quickly he forgets. Without my endorsement, McConnell would have lost, and lost badly. Now, his numbers are lower than ever before, he is destroying the Republican side of the Senate, and in so doing, seriously hurting our Country,” Trump said.

“Likewise, McConnell has no credibility on China because of his family’s substantial Chinese business holdings. He does nothing on this tremendous economic and military threat.”

McConnell said last month that the rioters who disrupted certification of Biden’s win were “provoked by the president” and his Chinese-American wife, former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, was the first Trump cabinet member to resign over the violence. Chao’s father, who fled to Taiwan during the Chinese Civil War, and brother-in-law are prominent international businesspeople.

Trump continued: “Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again. He will never do what needs to be done, or what is right for our Country. Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First. We want brilliant, strong, thoughtful, and compassionate leadership.

“Prior to the pandemic, we produced the greatest economy and jobs numbers in the history of our Country, and likewise, our economic recovery after Covid was the best in the world. We cut taxes and regulations, rebuilt our military, took care of our Vets, became energy independent, built the wall and stopped the massive inflow of illegals into our Country, and so much more. And now, illegals are pouring in, pipelines are being stopped, taxes will be going up, and we will no longer be energy independent.”

Trump concluded: “This is a big moment for our country, and we cannot let it pass by using third rate “leaders” to dictate our future!”

Trump was acquitted by the Senate with just seven Republicans joining Democrats voting to convict. The 57-43 vote fell far short of the Constitution’s two-thirds requirement for conviction. Because he was acquitted, Trump remains eligible to run for president again in 2024.

McConnell won’t face re-election until 2026, but 2022 Republican primaries are likely to be a proxy war between pro-Trump and pro-McConnell factions. Trump previously urged a 2022 primary challenge against No. 2 Senate Republican John Thune of South Dakota, who like McConnell voted for acquittal.

McConnell’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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A man attempted to bury his wife alive during a horrifying attack at a California beach Thursday night, cops said. 

The woman called 911 just before 9 p.m., reporting that her husband had just tried to kill her on Coronado Beach, local police said. 

The couple visited the beach earlier in the evening and got into an argument that escalated when the suspect, later identified as Jose Luis Mares III, 23, of Moreno Valley, started attacking his wife, cops said. 

He tried to throw her into the surf, and then brought her near a lifeguard tower, where he tried burying her in the sand, according to cops and local outlet KSWB-TV.

“She said there was a hole in the ground and the hole had previously been there from probably kids digging it during the day,” Detective Ryan Brennan of  the Coronado Police Department told the station. “But during the struggle, she said he threw her in that hole when he began putting sand on top of her.”

He kicked her repeatedly, and then stopped and ran away, Brennan told the outlet. 

“We don’t know what scared him away,” the police official said. “Perhaps it was someone walking by.”

The woman escaped and ran toward Ocean Boulevard, where a passerby found her on the sidewalk. Paramedics brought her to a trauma center in San Diego. 

Cops found Mares a short time later hiding in the backyard of a nearby home, authorities said. 

He was charged with attempted murder, assault causing great bodily injury, domestic violence, false imprisonment and a parole violation, police said. 

Mares was a parolee previously convicted for carjacking and burglary, the local station reported, citing the California Department of Corrections.

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Family of a missing mom and grandmother in Colorado claim the woman was planning to confront her cheating partner just before she mysteriously vanished.

According to the Daily Mail, 49-year-old grandmother Marlena Mizell was last seen leaving a gas station in South Forks, Colorado in early January before she mysteriously went missing.

Her last cell phone ping was north of Dulce, New Mexico — 44 miles away from the location she was last seen alive.

Police in the region have now said they found Mizell’s missing car, but have yet to properly inspect or recover the vehicle due to inclement weather in the area making for dangerous conditions.

Megan Mizell said she last spoke to her mother on the phone at 10.16am on the morning of her disappearance, and she said it was a ‘semi-normal’ conversation that lasted a couple of minutes. 

Missing mom’s car is found in Colorado two months after the 49-year-old was last seen pumping gas – as her daughters reveal she was going to confront her fiance and his lover about their affair

According to Mizell’s family, the Colorado grandmother went mysteriously missing just a day after broadcasting nude photos of her partner’s alleged lover.

According to The U.S. Sun, Marlena Mizell’s daughters, Sarah Ferguson and Megan Mizell, told a true crime podcast that their last conversation with their mother worried them.

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“But at the very end she said, ‘I love you, Megan,’ in a way that I’m not used to, so that kind of raised some concerns with me,” Megan recalled of an otherwise “semi-normal” conversation that day Mizell vanished.

The daughter said she later learned her mother left to confront her partner and the alleged lover soon after the phone call ended.

Megan has since discovered that just 15 minutes after their phone call, her mom allegedly went to confront her fiance and a woman named ‘Jennifer’ about their affair.

Marlena Mizell – Car belonging to Colorado mom who vanished after she posted nudes of husband’s alleged lover is FOUND

A month after the missing Colorado grandmother’s mysterious disappearance, Marlena’s partner Kurt posted a message on Facebook that read: “My fiancée has been missing now 30 days. It been a heart breaking crisis in our family and we’re all praying for her safe return.”

“I pray every day God brings Marlena back to me, and her whole family safely and soon. We haven’t found any trace of her car, her, or anything she left out of here with, which is very little.”

According to KCNC in Denver, Mizell was reported missing by Kurt the day after she disappeared.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is assisting in the investigation.

The South Fork Police Department is requesting assistance from the public in locating Mizell. 

Missing Woman: State Now Helping In Search For Marlena Mizell

Mizell’s daughters said they have been unable to contact their mother in the weeks since the Colorado grandmother mysteriously went missing, and that there has been no activity on her bank account.

Police have not said if they suspect foul play. According to Fox affiliate KDVR, she was last seen wearing a black one-piece jumpsuit.

No one has been identified as a suspect or a person of interest, and no arrests have been made.  

Anyone with information is asked to contact the South Forks Police Department.

Mizell has high cheek bones and scars on her chin and neck. Her ears are pierced and she has two tattoos: a hummingbird near her stomach and a butterfly on her ankle.

Woman missing from South Fork for over a week

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The feds are investigating whether the kidnapping of Lady Gaga’s dogs was politically motivated since she sang at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, according to a report.

The FBI is working on the case with Los Angeles police detectives, The Sun reported.

“Lady Gaga is high profile of course but she sang at President Biden’s inauguration which takes this case to another level,” a source told the outlet. “The FBI wants to know exactly what motivated this incident.”

An FBI spokesperson referred The Sun to the LAPD, which is leading the investigation into the dognapping, in which the singer’s dog walker was shot in the chest.

The rep noted that “the bureau provides resources if/where requested to our local partners,” according to The Sun, which said it has reached out to the LAPD.

The outlet said that although the feds are involved, investigators are working on the assumption that the attack by the gun-toting crook — who made off with two of the pop megastar’s beloved French bulldogs — was a straightforward armed robbery.

Lady Gaga has offered a $500,000 reward for the return of her pooches.

The popular breed’s small dogs can fetch between $1,500 and $5,000 in some circles, American Kennel Club Vice President of Public Relations Brandi Hunter told The Post.

The dog walker, Ryan Fischer, was strolling along North Sierra Bonita Avenue with Gaga’s dogs — Gustav, Koji and Miss Asia — around 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, when a four-door sedan pulled up and two men attacked, according to police.

When Fischer put up a fight, one of the men shot him one time with a semiautomatic handgun, and the duo sped off with Gustav and Koji.

Fischer “is thankfully recovering well” at a local hospital, a source familiar with the incident told The Post.

Nearby resident Buck Angel, who called 911, told The Sun that “where the attack happened can’t just be down to chance,” adding that the area where it took place has “no witnesses that live there” and has “been empty for five years.”

“They had to have chosen that spot to carry out the attack, and those dogs were targeted for ransom, it had to be,” he told the outlet. “They must have wanted to blackmail Lady Gaga for money.”

Angel added that he believed Fischer was dead.

“When they [police] arrived I came out and saw my neighbor from across the street giving aid to the man who was shot,” he said. “He was compressing his chest, trying to stop the bleeding. He was saving his life.

“I actually thought he was dead. He was shot once, I believe, even though there were two gunshots,” Angel added. “The injured guy told our neighbor as he was compressing the wound, ‘Those were Lady Gaga’s dogs — so that’s how we found out’.”

The Post has reached out to the FBI.
 

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